hawk

noun (1)
\ ˈhȯk How to pronounce hawk (audio) \

Definition of hawk

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : any of numerous diurnal birds of prey belonging to a suborder (Falcones of the order Falconiformes) and including all the smaller members of this group especially : accipiter
2 : a small board or metal sheet with a handle on the underside used to hold mortar
3 : one who takes a militant or combative attitude (as in a dispute) and advocates immediate vigorous action especially : a supporter of a war or warlike policy — compare dove entry 1

hawk

verb (1)
hawked; hawking; hawks

Definition of hawk (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

1 : to hunt birds by means of a trained hawk (see hawk entry 1 sense 1) : to practice falconry
2 : to soar and strike like a hawk (see hawk entry 1 sense 1) birds hawking after insects

transitive verb

: to hunt (someone or something) in flight like a hawk (see hawk entry 1 sense 1) hawking insects

hawk

verb (2)
hawked; hawking; hawks

Definition of hawk (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to raise by trying to clear the throat hawk up phlegm
2 informal : to forcefully spit out (something, such as phlegm) : hock entry 5 hawk a loogie

intransitive verb

: to utter a harsh guttural sound in or as if in trying to clear the throat

hawk

noun (2)

Definition of hawk (Entry 4 of 5)

: an audible effort to force up phlegm from the throat

hawk

verb (3)
hawked; hawking; hawks

Definition of hawk (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb

: to offer (something) for sale by calling out in the street hawking newspapers broadly : sell

Synonyms & Antonyms for hawk

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb (3)

Antonyms: Noun (1)

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First Known Use of hawk

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1581, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1604, in the meaning defined above

Verb (3)

1713, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hawk

Noun (1) and Verb (1)

Middle English hauk, from Old English hafoc; akin to Old High German habuh hawk, Russian kobets a falcon

Verb (2) and Noun (2)

imitative

Verb (3)

back-formation from hawker entry 2

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“Hawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hawk. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for hawk

hawk

noun
\ ˈhȯk How to pronounce hawk (audio) \

Kids Definition of hawk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a bird of prey that has a strong hooked bill and sharp curved claws and is smaller than most eagles

hawk

verb
hawked; hawking

Kids Definition of hawk (Entry 2 of 3)

: to offer for sale by calling out hawk newspapers

Other Words from hawk

hawker noun

hawk

verb
hawked; hawking

Kids Definition of hawk (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make a harsh coughing sound in clearing the throat

hawk

transitive verb
\ ˈhȯk How to pronounce hawk (audio) \

Medical Definition of hawk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to raise by trying to clear the throat hawk up phlegm

intransitive verb

: to make a harsh coughing sound in clearing the throat

hawk

noun

Medical Definition of hawk (Entry 2 of 2)

: an audible effort to force up phlegm from the throat

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